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Windows 7: i7 2600 Cooling

08 Jul 2011   #1
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 
i7 2600 Cooling

If I run an i7 2600 (not overclocked) flat out for some hours will the stock cooler that comes with the chip generally be sufficient?
I plan putting it in a Lancool PC-56 (or PC-60) Case.
The PC-56 is a decent size case with 2x 120mm fans for inlet and outlet.
Ambient temps could be at ~ 30 Celcius max.

I'd appreciate any advice.

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08 Jul 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

If you aren't overclocking the chip, or perhaps running it flat out 24/7 then the stock cooler should be fine.

However be prepaired to get a wide range of debate here - so your best bet is to do a little research yourself.

BTW what exactly are your going be doing to "run an i7 2600 (not overclocked) flat out for some hours" ????

That answer might get you a better answer to your question.
Good luck
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08 Jul 2011   #3
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Thanks for the response. I've certainly googled the issue but thought fellow forum members may have some experience to share.
I do 2 things that run the CPU heavily.
1) Some numerical modelling (past-time) that can run for hours.
2) Encode my Blu rays for use on a media player and fiddle with video coding generally.
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08 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

If you're worried about heat you can just get an inexpensive aftermarket cooler and be happy with that. I'm sure you can find something quite adequate for around $30 US dollars.

I'm not the CPU cooler expert so I can't really recommend one - though the one I have is good, but it's rather expensive - Experience with Gigabyte motherboards? Great cooler if you're not pushing the overclock speeds and noise is a concern. The bad news is the price though

Anyway I'm sure others here will suggest a more economical solution (if you feel you really need one)
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08 Jul 2011   #5

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

I don't know the thermal difference between my 2500K and a 2600, but I have a Corsair H50 with 2 Noctua fans in push/pull. I am OC'd to 4.0 but I idle at 36 and if I push it real hard can get to 60. I'm a little disappointed in idling at 36 with a 95 watt CPU. I am considering a Notcua NH-D14. Although it's large it is probably te best you are going to get on air, as far as I know. And, BTW the temps are the same running at stock, as I never increased the voltage.
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08 Jul 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As long as you have a computer case that has a cutout in the motherboard, I would just start with the stock cooler and see what happens, as switching to an aftermarket cooler will be an absolute piece of cake. The case you mention above, does have a cutout.

My last 5-6 builds have all used the stock cooler, either the Intel or the AMD. My computers usually run in my basement, which never exceeds 25C....so my ambient temps are fairly low. I'm running an Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.0Ghz stock at 3.60Ghz) on my work desktop on the stock Intel cooler, and I'm running a Core 2 Quad Q9550 (2.83Ghz stock at 3.40Ghz) on my home desktop computer on the stock Intel Cooler. The work desktop is in an Antec 300 case, with 2 case fans (top 120mm and a back upper 120mm case fan. My home desktop is running in an Antec P182 with 2 case fans (top 120mm and a back upper 120mm case fan). All of these case fans are Antec TriCool's...running at their lowest possible setting (I cannot stand noise from my PC). My home desktop does video encoding for 3-4 hours at a time running Sony Vegas HD Movie Studio and my temps run around 55-58C which is well within spec on this CPU.
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08 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
I don't know the thermal difference between my 2500K and a 2600, but I have a Corsair H50 with 2 Noctua fans in push/pull. I am OC'd to 4.0 but I idle at 36 and if I push it real hard can get to 60. I'm a little disappointed in idling at 36 with a 95 watt CPU. I am considering a Notcua NH-D14. Although it's large it is probably te best you are going to get on air, as far as I know. And, BTW the temps are the same running at stock, as I never increased the voltage.
I personally don't think he requires either of those solutions, or even the one I use since he's not overclocking at all.....

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Thanks for the response. I've certainly googled the issue but thought fellow forum members may have some experience to share.
I do 2 things that run the CPU heavily.
1) Some numerical modelling (past-time) that can run for hours.
2) Encode my Blu rays for use on a media player and fiddle with video coding generally.
I think if he has to get something, maybe this would be sufficient.... Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible

For what he's doing I wouldn't spend no more then $50 bucks on a cooler, 50 being the high end.

My two cents.

BTW.... "I'm a little disappointed in idling at 36 with a 95 watt CPU" - that's not bad at all considering you're OC to 4gig. I'll take that all day. My OC i7-950 OC to 3.8 idles at 41. Besides you'll long replace that CPU before the heat gets to it
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08 Jul 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
BTW.... "I'm a little disappointed in idling at 36 with a 95 watt CPU" - that's not bad at all considering you're OC to 4gig. I'll take that all day. My OC i7-950 OC to 3.8 idles at 41. Besides you'll long replace that CPU before the heat gets to it
Yeah, every overclocked chip is a bit different...I would think their heat output would be the same.

I agree completely about replacing the CPU before heat kills it. I'm a firm believer that enthusiasts are far more worried about heat then they need to be. They also worry too much about lifespan of their SSD's. I think most of us enthusiasts are obsessive compulsive though, so we cannot help it. (I know I have been diagnosed with it, and take a daily med now for it).
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08 Jul 2011   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Yes as enthusiasts we are obsessive about things, especially heat, but we have to be, or else we wouldn't be overclocking. Heat and overclocking go hand in hand

I think the obsession comes though when we try to compete for the lowest temp, forgetting that the safe zone isn't as narrow as we think, and that not all things are equal
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08 Jul 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

^ really wishes that your text wasn't black as I use the SF Black Wide theme and all I can see in your post is smiley faces. I just highlight your text with the mouse, and then I can read it
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